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Liz Rocks

Tacoma native Liz Daley was an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for adventure. She was known by friends and family as a person who broke barriers in a world where she heard "you can't" more than "you can." Her impact was limited by her premature passing on September 29, 2014, while living her dream in Patagonia.

Her legacy continues through Liz Rocks, a campaign to build a free public climbing wall in Point Defiance Park in her honor.

The climbing wall is currently planned to be located in the Baker Tract near the Mildred Street entrance of Point Defiance Park. This location is at the southern edge of the former Camp 6 Logging Museum site, not far from Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.

The Liz Rocks Foundation is working with Metro Parks Tacoma and the Greater Metro Parks Foundation to see this project to completion.

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Learn more about the Baker Tract on pages 16-17 of the  Point Defiance Master Plan.

As part of Destination Point Defiance this area will provide enhanced educational and low-impact nature-based recreational activities, including a nature-based playground. This area will see increased traffic though a redesigned loop pedestrian trail and new two-way traffic improvements being planned for Point Defiance.

Projected Timeline

  • 2019 Loop trail design complete
  • 2019-2020 Liz Rocks climbing wall design begins
  • 2020 Construction begins

In 2019, Metro Parks will be finishing the design of the loop trail. Once designed the location of the Liz Rocks climbing wall can be determined and design of the wall can begin. Based upon the final design, permitting and contract procurement schedule, the construction of the climbing wall may begin in early 2020.

The Liz Rocks Campaign has raised $150,000 so far. Those funds will pay for the construction of the Liz Rocks climbing wall.

Learn more about Liz Rocks at